Man shot, killed by Charlotte police officer after charging with box cutter
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Sunday night when he reportedly charged police with a box cutter.
WSOC reports officers had stopped a vehicle in a neighborhood on Cooper Drive when a man approached them saying he was “having problems with his son.” More officers were called to handle the situation.
When police arrived at the home, they found Spencer Mims III, 55, on the porch with a box cutter to his throat, according to WSOC.
Officers attempted to negotiate with Mims and at one point shocked him with a stun gun, WSOC reports.
After being shocked, Mims began charging the officers, the station reports.
While Mims was charging them, Officer Jeremy Donaldson fired at the man, according to WSOC.
Mims was taken to a hospital where he later died, WSOC reports.
Donaldson and two other officers have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts an internal investigation, the station reports.
WCNC identified the officer who shocked Mims as Officer Michael Whitlock, who is one of the officers on leave, according to the station.
“It’s still very early in the investigation,” CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe tells WSOC. “We’re still trying to interview witnesses that were here at the scene.”